Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns
July 26th, 2012
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that he doesn’t “understand why police officers across this country donâ€™t stand up collectively and say weâ€™re going to go on strike, weâ€™re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do whatâ€™s required to keep us safe.”
We’ve been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year,Â The New York TimesÂ reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: â€śAs violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.â€ť
Bloomberg andÂ The New York TimesÂ are both wrong:
- In 2008,Â ten times moreÂ civiliansÂ regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps.
- In 2011,Â 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, copsÂ shot and killed54 suspects the same year–22 percent of those people were unarmed.
- As Scott ReederÂ reportedÂ at Reason this morning, “Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
- And as Choire SichaÂ wroteÂ earlier this year, “2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year.”
Bloomberg, the commander of “the seventh biggest army in the world”Â went on to sayÂ that “police officers want to go home to their families. And weâ€™re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldnâ€™t have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.â€™â€™
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